I've been homeschooling DS 6.5 for 1st grade after a year of public K. I've pulled together my own curriculum for this year and I've really enjoyed it actually. I make most of our materials like math manipulatives and science experiments and use a combo of literature and the internet for "text". I did end up buying a phonics program, Sing, Spell, Read and Write. We use it loosely and it is working really well for him as he really wanted to know how to read but is the kind of kid who needs that systematic approach. He went from only being able to decode cvc in October to reading at about a 2.5 now.
Anyway, as much as I love the flexibility of designing our own lessons, I am already short for time. I'd really like to take a more relaxed approach. I guess unschoolish, though I dislike the term. But, that doesn't seem like an option for us because, with our financial situation, there is always the possibility that he will have to return to public school . So I'm looking into some boxed curriculums.
I'm hoping someone here has been in a similar situation and can offer some advice.